June 15th, 2012
|04:31 pm - A bunch of things for a Friday ...|
First ... Alistair is THREE MONTHS OLD !!
Time has gone whooosh. He's still adorable, and starting to become more "interactive" now too. Can't wait to see what comes next !
Next, there's a link that's gone around recently about someone's Civ II game that's reached year 3991 (played on and off for 10 years), and the world is in a three-way nuclear-blasted stalemate.
The problem is that people seem to be claiming that this is somehow a model for what could happen in reality (short answer: no), or that this proves how hard Civ II is (again, no).
Expanding on the last - the original player of this long-running game said he usually plays on Prince or King level, because the higher levels are far too difficult.
I've played a lot of Civ II over the years, and King is where it starts to get interesting - and the game is quite winnable even on Deity level.
(and for the more hardcore players, winnable on Deity while doing a "One City Challenge", with Ironman rules (no reloading of saved games) ).
So. all the post really proves is that the Original Player isn't actually very good at Civ II, and has persisted long past the point where either the game should have been won, or he should have started a new one and played better.
Meanwhile, on TV ... I've been watching a bit of The Voice. During the blind auditions, I kept thinking it'd be cool if they had someone go up and start singing in death metal style, or Qawwali ... or, to really stun the coaches, Lisa Gerrard (from Dead Can Dance, solo works, and various film work in recent years). "Song of Sophia" would do the trick.
The one problem I had with a lot of the singers is that they sound like they're imitating the sound of artists they've heard on the radio, and they don't have enough of a technical foundation to go beyond that into different styles or sounds.
There was a convention ! It was Continuum 8, also this year's Natcon, admirably chaired by emilly. Despite having Bub with us, we both managed to see at least a few panels, hang around with some people, and get at least some of the convention vibe. Could be trickier next year when Bub is mobile, of course ...
Original post on Dreamwidth - there are comments there.
Current Mood: calm
I know one hospital administrator that bought copies of Sim Hospital for some of his senior administrative staff, in order to provoke lateral thinking as they formulated emergency response planning. In much the same way as a couple of organisations I know have created emergency response plans for Cthulhu rising from sunken R'lyeh, or the outbreak of a zombie plague.
The recipients were dubious at first, but having been instructed by their kids how to play the game, they soon had fun, and apparently it did help in appreciating the complex systems analysis that makes up a hospital reacting to an emergency. To the level they joked about it and even contemplated creating a plan for an invasion by Giant Monster in Rubber Suit.
Unfortunately news of this exercise escaped the hospital grounds and was reported on by the local paper as "Local Hospital Run Using Sim Hospital." It escalated immediately to ever increasing levels of bureaucracy and politics, all assuming that the actual hospital planning had been using the game. Needless to say, the director was encouraged to "retire" to avoid everybody else looking stupid.